Republican Party

Boehner Expected to Remain as Speaker

Last few days have revealed tensions within the GOP


Despite weeks of bitter Republican infighting, public division within the House GOP caucus, and rumblings of a possible power struggle, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is not expected to face any serious challenges to his leadership today, when House members reconvene on Capitol Hill to kick off the 113th Congress.

Boehner, who over the past several weeks struggled—and ultimately, failed—to wrangle his caucus members around a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," has recently taken a bruising even from members of his own party: Many Republicans strongly objected to the ultimate "fiscal cliff" deal, which included tax hikes for the wealthy, and several prominent House GOP leaders—including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.—voted against it.